Detroit NAACP Youth Council Travels To Louisville, KY

Friday, March 30, 2012- Detroit NAACP Youth Council departs from the Detroit Branch NAACP office headed to Louisville, KY for the NAACP Civil Rights and Training Institute. (front row- lefrt to right) Malaysha White, Antashe Howard, Rajini-Anne Jackson, Naudia Harrison, Mical Holt and Executive Director Donnell R. White (back row left to right) Detroit NAACP Youth Council Advisor Indira Pierce, D'Avery Spearman, Detroit NAACP Youth Council President Te'Jaughn Rodgers and Greg Harrison

The Detroit NAACP Youth Council departs for Louisville, KY for an enlightening weekend at the NAACP Civil Rights and Advocacy Training Institute.  Participants will convene from various states throughout the mid-west region to focus on membership recruitment, employment discrimination, environmental justice, law enforcement and immigration advocacy, voter empowerment and redistricting advocacy, criminal justice advocacy and education advocacy.

The Detroit Branch NAACP remains committed to training and developing the next generation of civil rights and social justice advocates.

Executive Director Donnell R. White Hosts Detroit’s Next Generation Of Leadership

Wednesday, March 28, 2012- Detroit's Next Generation of Leadership assemble at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in Detroit, Michigan. (seated left to right) Brittany Williams, Rian English, Marcella Richardson, Marja Winters, Royda Urey, Jessica Care Moore, Yolonda Lipsey, (standing left to right) Brian Barnhill, Brian Olatunji, Lance Swain, Kamal Cheeks, Jamiel Martin, Michael Reeves, Sean Davis, Alicia Merkerson, Donnell R. White, Daryl Newman, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, James Jenkins, III, Indira Pierce, Sam Davis, LaToya Henry, Darwin Beacham, Derek Ware, Teferi Brent, (present but not pictured) Maia Anthony, LaKeisha Becton, Rashid Beydoun, Khari Fraizer, Kamilia Landrum, Harold Meeks, Dennis Moore, Laurie Moore, Quantez Presley, Jonathan Quarrles, Yusef Shakur, Kevin Smith, Bankole Thompson, Kevin Tolbert, Nate Wallace, Al Williams, Andre Williams

Executive Director Donnell R. White hosts Detroit’s next generation of leadership at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  During the evening, participants received a tour of the facility, heard Director White’s vision for the Detroit Branch NAACP under his leadership and had an opportunity to network before having a roundtable discussion centered around collectively supporting each other and a unified commitment to the city of Detroit.


Detroit Branch NAACP Hosts the European Community Organizing Network

Wednesday, March 28, 2012- Executive Director Donnell R. White (right) and General Counsel Melvin Butch Hollowell (left) stand with students from the European Community Organizing Network and members of the Harriet Tubman Center for Organizing.

In collaboration with the Harriet Tubman Center for Organizing the Detroit Branch NAACP hosted sixteen (16) young men and women from eastern european countries who are committed to community organizing.

During the discussion Executive Director Donnell R. White highlighted the Detroit Branch NAACP’s rich history, current programs and initiatives.  Also, General Counsel Melvin Butch Hollowell discussed the Branch’s past and current legal issues such as the Ossian Sweet case, Affirmative Action and Redistricting.

President Anthony Reflects On Trayvon Martin Detroit Rally For Justice

Monday, March 26, 2012- President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony speaks to thousands who were in attendance for the Trayvon Martin Detroit Rally For Justice.

I [Detroit Branch NAACP] was pleased to work in coalition with the UAW, LA SED, faith based organizations, Detroit 300, the Police Department, Rainbow PUSH, United Communities of America, National Action Network, and Detroit Council of Baptist Pastors. This coalition came together to deal with the issue of youth violence in general with a focus on the injustice surrounding the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin of Florida in particular.

While we recognize the tremendous issues concerning violence in our own communities which has been and is always addressed by the many rallies, prayer vigils, community patrols and efforts of the Detroit police Department, we still can join hearts and minds over the Trayvon Martin issue. The issue is not the wearing of a hood. The issue is really the bearers of that which is no good. We have not yet arrived at the point where we can do what Dr. King prescribed generations ago “to judge each other not by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character.” Whether in Detroit, Florida, New York, California or Alabama, an “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” (MLK). Thanks to all for your support and your participation, now let’s get busy and get to work to rebuild our communities.

Allies, Issues and Action Meeting Focuses on Trayvon Martin

Tuesday, March 27, 2012- Donnell R. White, Executive Director (left) stands with Dale Brown, Director of Operations, Threat Management Center, (2nd from left), Rashid Beydoun, Executive Director, Arab American Civil Rights League (3rd from left), and Atty. Melvin Butch Hollowell, General Counsel (right)

The Detroit Branch NAACP held its bi-monthly Allies, Issues, and Action meeting entitled, “Trayvon Martin Continuing the Conversation”. In the weeks since the murder of Trayvon Martin, evidence of investigative mishaps, and unfortunate circumstances surrounding Trayvon’s killing have shaken us to the core. It was imperative and incumbent upon the Detroit Branch NAACP to continue the conversation about Trayvon’s untimely death but also to make it relative to our community.

In today’s discussion, we talked about the proper procedure for a police officer, patrol officer, or security guard in that situation. We also discussed what a civilian should do in that

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situation. For us, its not only about justice for Trayvon but its also about educating our youth and all citizens how to avoid this same situation. The discussion was enlightening, intriguing, inspirational and very informative.

Our two guest speakers for today were, Rashid Baydoun, Executive Director of the Arab American Civil Rights League and Dale Brown, Director of Operations for Threat Management Center. Dale Brown, an expert in Threat Management went over what a civilian should and should not do in that situation. Mr. Beydoun discussed improving relationships between African and Arab Americans throughout the state of Michigan and the unfortunate upsurge of violence and discrimination against minority groups across this country.

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Detroit is Trayvon Martin

Monday, March 26, 2012- Aerial view of the Trayvon Martin Detroit Rally for Justice (picture taken from the UAW-Ford building)

Thousands of supporters turn out in downtown Detroit’s Hart Plaza to support the Trayvon Martin Detroit Rally for Justice. Convened by a coalition of Detroit’s civil rights, labor, clergy and community leaders, supporters continue the national effort to allow judgement to roll down like waters and justice like a mighty stream. During the event the Detroit Branch NAACP and others provided opportunities to Join, Get Active and Stay Connected with community organizations working together to put an end to the violence.

22nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Art & Essay Contest Underway

Saturday, March 24, 2012- Shelle Brooks (volunteer) reviews entries submitted for the 22nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Art & Essay Contest

The Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Art & Essay competition is an excellent opportunity for elementary through high school students to showcase their artistic talents through various pens and brushes. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate through their talents “What the civil rights struggle means to me.”

2012 Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics Begins

Saturday, March 24, 2012- ACT-SO participants, judges, coaches and supporters look on as the 2012 competition begins.

Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a yearlong scholastic enrichment program where participants flex the most important muscle – “the mind.” Just as an athlete trains before a competition, so must the ACT-SO participant with coaches and mentors in preparing for the local competition.

ACT-SO is not a talent show, but an opportunity for the youth to showcase their skills and abilities in the sciences, humanities, performing arts, visual arts, and business. ACT-SO is where the next millennium architects, scientists, musicians, poets, dancers, artists and entrepreneurs are discovered.  For more information on ACT-SO please contact the Detroit Branch NAACP youth department.

Justice For Trayvon Martin

Martin was visiting his father in Sanford, FL when he was shot to death by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. The unarmed teen was returning from a local 7-Eleven carrying only Skittles and an iced tea at the time of the shooting.  Join the Detroit Branch NAACP and other community coalition members as we proclaim that an “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Monday, March 26, 2012
Hart Plaza – Detroit, Michigan